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Contaminated grain breeds overgrown, killer rats in this Golden Harvest production. Dachshunds were dressed up as rats for the special effects.

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Paul Harris
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Kelly Leonard
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George Foskins
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Dr. Louis Spenser
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Trudy White
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Martha
James B. Douglas ...
Mel Dederick
Lee-Max Walton ...
Tim Harris
Joseph Kelly ...
Matt
Kevin Foxx ...
Hoserman
Jon Wise ...
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Wendy Bushell ...
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Charles Jolliffe ...
Henry Younger
Dora Dainton ...
Mrs. Trumbull
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Corn grain contaminated with steroids produces large rats the size of small dogs who begin feeding on the residents of Toronto. Paul, a college basketball coach, teams up with Kelly, a local health inspector, to uncover the source of the mysterious rat attacks and they eventually try to prevent the opening of a new subway line as well as find the mutant rats nest quickly, or there will be a huge massacre of the entire city! Written by Matt Patay

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Tonight they will rise from the darkness beneath the city... to feed!


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Canadian singer Chuck McDermott wrote and sang two songs for the film: "Lolita" and "So Right". Unfortunately neither song was ever commercially released for sale, however there was a vinyl record issued for use in the film's party scene at Liz' house. See more »

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When a man locks himself in the train car to get away from the rats, there is a faint dog barking sound. Dachshunds were used to play the rats and dressed in rat suits. See more »

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'amusing time-waster concerning the mainly human diet of a ravening plague of dachshund-sized rats in downtown Toronto!'
23 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

THE RATS (Robert Clouse) This little documented B-monster mash up turned out to be quite an amusing time-waster concerning the mainly human diet of a ravening plague of dachshund-sized rats in downtown Toronto. The real problem with the film is that it is meant to be based on James Herbert's scuzzball splatterfest, and outside of cribbing the title, Clouse ill-advisedly decided to eschew Herbert's wall-to-wall grume and stick to a more conventional modus operandi, which plays like a 1950's Bert I. Gordon quickie, but it's this very anachronistic take on the genre which I found so appealing; 'Deadly Eyes' would make a great double bill with the equally ludicrous, but entirely fantastic 'Food Of The Gods'. A particularly amusing moment (reminding one of 'The Blob') is the sequence in the packed cinema with a clutch of appreciative, vocal fans enjoying the classic sequence from 'Game of Death' where Bruce Lee makes light work of lanky titan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar; when suddenly the rampaging rats chew their way through the shrieking audience; bloody marvelous! Yes, the script is banal, with all the characterizations and performances, outside of the delightful Scatman Crothers cameo being completely perfunctory, but miraculously all this lumpen silliness manages to translate into acceptable late-night fare. (Admittedly it's one of those uninspired schlockers where one's lack of sobriety plays a role in the degree of entertainment said film affords).


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